As soon as the comedian Hal Cruttenden steps on stage you know that you are in safe hands. Safe, of course, doesn’t have to mean boring. Cruttenden, a comedian since 1996, has spent enough time on stage to make stand-up look easy. Working as the warm-up act for Rob Brydon, the star of Gavin and Stacey, on his UK tour, he has also scooped a nomination for the highly prized Perrier newcomer award at the Edinburgh Fringe Festival in 2002.

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